Who is Gary Danielson?

American college football commentator Gary Dennis Danielson was born in Detroit, Michigan USA, on 10 September 1951, under the zodiac sign of Virgo. Gary’s also a former professional Football Player, and is perhaps still best known for the time which he spent playing for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL), as well as for having spent four years playing for the Cleveland Browns of the NFL.

Early life and education

Gary’s parents Virginia and Daniel raised him in Detroit as an only child; Daniel was a shop steward, while Virginia was a homemaker. Gary was somewhat forced to have dinner-table conversations with his parents every night, and has revealed that this helped him later in life, with his friendships and relationships.

Gary studied at Divine Child High School in Dearborn, Michigan and it was during his four years there that he began playing football; he led his team to win two Catholic High School League Championships in 1968 and 1969.

Upon matriculating in 1969, Gary enrolled at Purdue University, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in industrial management in 1973; he continued his education at the same college, and in 1976 graduated with a Master’s degree in physical education.

Career as a Football Player

Gary was picked by the Charlotte Hornets in 1974, and spent a year competing with them in the World Football League (WFL), then spent half a year with the Chicago Winds of the WFL.

The WFL collapsed in October 1975, and Gary thus signed a contract with the Detroit Lions of the NFL. He played a total of 101 games with the Lions, scoring 81 touchdowns and passing 13,764 yards during his eight years with them; Gary left the Lions in 1984, and in the following year signed a contract with the Cleveland Browns.

He retired from football in 1988, and launched his career as a broadcaster.

Career in broadcasting

Gary was already doing a bit of broadcasting work while he was still playing, as he was an off-season anchor and reporter for WDIV-TV in Detroit, and while he was playing for the Cleveland Browns, he co-hosted a sports talk-show.

Following his retirement, Gary began working as a college football analyst for the American international sports channel ESPN; he was with the network until 2006, when he was invited to switch to CBS Sports. Gary was partnered with American sportscaster Merton Laverne Lundquist Jr. at CBS, while he’s today also working for American sports author and TV personality Paul Finebaum as his college football radio analyst.

From 2011 and until the show was cancelled on 15 December 2017, Gary made numerous guest appearance in the sports radio talk-show “Mike’s On: Francesa on the Fan”, which was hosted by American sports radio show host Michael ‘Mike’ Francesa.

Gary’s today regularly heard in the syndicated radio “The Dan Patrick Show”.

Public apology

In November 2019, at a football game between Georgia and Auburn, Georgia student photographer Chamberlain Smith was knocked out by running back Brian Herrien. Chamberlain was lying unconscious, which Gary didn’t notice, and only talked about how good it was that Brian wasn’t injured, and he even believed that Chamberlain was a man. Gary apologized to both Chamberlain and the CBS viewers, stating that he wasn’t being insensitive towards Chamberlain, but simply didn’t notice what was going on.

Best YouTube videos

Gary’s been featured in a number of YouTube videos uploaded by various users, while he doesn’t have his own YouTube channel. Most of the videos which feature him are about his work, and while some people praise him for his skills, others believe that he might not be fit for his job; we’ll mention three of the most watched videos amongst these.

Gary’s #1 video “2016 Army vs Navy – Donald Trump Interview with Cheering!” was uploaded by Kerkey55 on 11 December 2016, and has since been viewed over 260,000 times; it features Gary and Verne Lundquist as they’re interviewing now-former US President Donald Trump during the Navy vs Army football game.

His second most popular video “CBS Dance Party” was uploaded by Brian Sugrue on 12 November 2007, and has been viewed over 130,000 times; it features Gary and Verne dancing.

Gary’s third most watched video is “Gary Danielson Says “Took A Sh*t” During Alabama vs Auburn 2020” was uploaded by ChuckLuckyDingo on 28 November 2020, and has since been watched nearly 70,000 times.

Love life and marriage

Gary met Kristy King while he was attending Purdue University, at which Kristy’s father George King was working as athletic director and basketball coach.

The two married in a large ceremony in 1973, and today have four children: Matt, Molly, Tracy and Kelly; Gary and Kristy had another daughter, Kaity Danielson, who was born in 1980, however, she died from cardiac arrest only nine days following her birth.

Their son Matt played football at Rochester Adams High School, and then at Northwestern University, while their daughter Kelly’s today a real estate broker; Molly’s a housewife and has three children, the same as Tracy.

Gary hasn’t mentioned other women whom he’s perhaps been with, is married to Kristy King as of September 2022, and has four children with her.

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Interesting facts and hobbies

Gary enjoys watching NFL games live at the field, and has travelled all around the US to do so; it’s believed that he’s been to all US states at least once, while he’s also vacationed in countries on other continents, with his favorite city to travel to being London, England.

He was once a businessman, having launched an import and export company in the first half of the ‘90s, together with former professional American Football player James Roosevelt Jones; he and former American Football player Bernard Joseph Kosar Jr. had also invested together in a business venture.

Gary’s a lover of dogs, and has had several.

He’s a huge fan of Hollywood movies – his favorite actors are John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson, while some of his favorite films include “Pulp Fiction”, “Grease” and “Hairspray”.

Height, eyes and net worth

Gary’s age is 71. His hair and eyes are brown, his height is 6ft 2ins (1.88m) and his weight is about 180lbs (82kgs).

Gary’s net worth’s been estimated at over $12 million, as of September 2022.

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